Nigerians and other nationals travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now get a five-multiple entry visa.
The United Arab Emirates new visa scheme was introduced last Monday for all nationalities, with the aim of turning the Gulf state into a tourism hub.
UAE cabinet chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE prime minister and ruler of Duba, approved new amendment for tourist visas,” the government of Dubai media office said.
Sheikh Maktoum said on Twitter that the UAE currently attracts 21 million tourists a year.
Travellers from Africa, some South American countries, Arab states outside the Gulf, and European states from outside the European Union and former Soviet Union previously needed visas.
In October, Dubai is to host Expo 2020, a big-budget global trade fair.
Also, the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) continues to woo Nigerian tourists with prizes and free trips to Dubai as part of activities marking the 25th anniversary of the famous Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF.
Dubai Tourism and its partners kicked off several competitions offering Nigerians and Ghanaians the chance to win big just in time for the holidays. The gifts include shopping vouchers or fully funded trips to Dubai to enjoy unique experiences, world-class concerts, pop up markets, events, and daily firework displays during DSF, which takes place December 26, 2019 to February 1, 2020.
The lucky winners received gifts including a shopping voucher worth AED 1000; five-night hotel stay; flight tickets and airport transfers. Winners will be announced on social media accounts on December 23rd and will travel to Dubai in January 2020.
Commenting on the contest, Head of Campaign Management for Africa, Salim Ali Mohammed Dahman said: “The Dubai Shopping Festival has been always been an event that the entire city really gets into. Now going into its 25th anniversary means it will be grander than ever before.
We know that our African visitors love to shop; whether for luxury items or just the basics, they rate shopping as one of the top things they love to do when visiting Dubai. For us, we wanted to take this special occasion to invite first time visitors or those coming back to Dubai again with a warm welcome and a heavy dose of retail therapy.
As a city, we are rolling out the red carpet to celebrate this milestone and encourage everyone in Nigeria and Ghana to participate in this competition.”
Established in 1996, DSF is one of the first city-wide shopping festivals in the world and the biggest in the region. It demonstrates the breadth of Dubai’s retail offering and this 25th anniversary edition will feature celebrations and entertainment, including the jubilee opening ceremony, concerts, live shows and cultural performances.